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A Notorious Spyware Vendor Wants to Track Coronavirus Spread

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Everybody’s worried about Zoom this week. As the video conferencing software rocketed to 200 million users amid widespread shelter-in-place orders, security and privacy pros have catalogued a litany of issues. It’s probably perfectly fine for most people! But especially if you need true end-to-end encrypted meetings, maybe give Zoom a minute to get its act […]

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A Hacker Found a Way to Take Over Any Apple Webcam

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Apple has a well-earned reputation for security, but in recent years its Safari browser has had its share of missteps. This week, a security researcher publicly shared new findings about vulnerabilities that would have allowed an attacker to exploit three Safari bugs in succession and take over a target’s webcam and microphone on iOS and […]

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So Wait, How Encrypted Are Zoom Meetings Really?

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An analysis of Zoom’s encryption scheme, published on Friday by Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, shows that Zoom does generate and hold all keys itself on key management systems. The report notes that most of Zoom’s developers are based in China, and that some of its key management infrastructure is in that country, […]

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The Zoom Privacy Backlash Is Only Getting Started

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The popular video conferencing application Zoom has been having a Moment during the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s not all positive. As many people’s professional and social lives move completely online, Zoom use has exploded. But with this boom has come added scrutiny from security and privacy researchers—and they keep finding more problems, including two fresh […]

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Online Credit Card Skimmers Are Thriving During the Pandemic

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With hundreds of millions of people sheltering in place and quarantining around the world due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and many brick-and-mortar stores temporarily closed, online shopping has become even more of a lifeline. As consumers ramp up their online spending, though, the criminals who hack websites to digitally “skim” credit card numbers are […]

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Chinese Hacking Surges Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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As the world continues to adjust to the reality of the new coronavirus, scammers are increasingly taking advantage as well. But one Twitch streamer has been calling them out before a live audience of thousands. And as health care systems become increasingly overwhelmed, the Army Corps of Engineers has drawn up plans to convert hotels, […]

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Google Bans Infowars Android App Over Coronavirus Claims

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On Friday, Google removed the Infowars Android app from its Play Store, extinguishing one of the last mainstream strongholds of infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The takedown comes on the heels of a video, posted in the Infowars app last week and viewed by WIRED, in which Jones disputed the need for social distancing, shelter […]

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A Twitch Streamer Is Exposing Coronavirus Scams Live

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Earlier this week, live on Twitch, the streamer Kitboga attempted to place a wholesale order for an essential oil that, the woman on the phone implied to him, cured Covid-19. There is, of course, no cure for Covid-19, the disease that has infected hundreds of thousands of people internationally since January. If there were, it […]

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The Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

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The Jacob K. Javits Center occupies over 22 million square feet on the west side of New York City, a block or so down from where the Lincoln Tunnel splashes into the Hudson River. This week, it had been scheduled to host the World Floral Expo until coronavirus fears scuttled those and most other nonessential […]

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The Race to Turn Hotels Into Coronavirus Hospitals

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The Jacob K. Javits Center occupies over 22 million square feet on the west side of New York City, a block or so down from where the Lincoln Tunnel splashes into the Hudson River. This week, it had been scheduled to host the World Floral Expo until coronavirus fears scuttled those and most other nonessential […]